A local school is about to receive a big makeover. Over $4 million in federal grant money will be given to Troy's School 2 over the next three years. Karen Tararache has the latest from Troy.
TROY, N.Y. -- "84 percent of the students are not meeting proficiency in math or English language arts that simply can no longer be tolerated," Brian Howard said.
Hoping to bring about a much needed change, School 2 was recently approved for a $4.25 million federal grant.
"The grant is going to provide additional training for teachers, expanded services for the students, additional learning time," Howard said.
Assistant Superintendent, John Carmello said, "We're extending the day two hours at the end of the day for every day. We're also going to have some wrap around services so we can have some family support, mental healthy support."
And while there are other many good things this money will accomplish, Howard added, "It also should be a benefit for parents because it makes child care easier because you go later into the day."
Some say there is also one very big negative.
"One of the requirements of the grant is you have to have a new principal so we'll be working on that soon," Carmello said.
That means School 2's principal of 14 years, Linda Martin, will soon be out of a job.
"I think she's an excellent principal, she's done some amazing things in this building. She has a very loyal following from the staff and the community and it's a shame that that's how it has to go," Mark Walsh said.
"She has given her heart and soul to this school, she knows all the children’s names, she has been involved with all the parents," retired School 2 teacher, Susan Rogan said.
But the main focus the Superintendent says should be placed somewhere else.
"There are some people all caught up and worrying about what's the impact is going to be on the adults, and you say you gotta calm down this is for kids, we have to do what’s right for the children," Howard said.